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The Final Count: 57 Tons of Marine Debris Now Out of the Monument


Two Marine Debris Program staffers are participating in NOAA’s annual mission to remove derelict nets and other marine debris from sensitive coral reefs and shorelines in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. An estimated 52 tons of derelict fishing gear washes up in the Monument each year, threatening the pristine ecosystem. Follow their journey.

By: Dianna Parker

Mission Log 10

We’re back on dry land after concluding our 33-day mission to remove marine debris from the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii. The grand total of derelict fishing nets and plastics we recovered – after everything was weighed and counted – was 57 tons. We even removed an 11.5-ton “super net” from Pearl and Hermes Atoll that took several days to cut apart and pull out of the water.

Here are a few additional photos from the mission:

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I’ll be answering questions about the mission from 1-3 p.m. EST (5 pm UTC, 10 am PST)  in a Reddit Ask Me Anything today. Feel free to participate!

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

3 thoughts on “The Final Count: 57 Tons of Marine Debris Now Out of the Monument

  1. what a awesome task! I commend you and the NOAA staff for taking on such a monumental task. Thank you for cleaning up our ocean and islands so the wildlife can hopefully live in a safer environment. Mahalo for all that you are doing.
    Colleen Miyose-Wallis

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